Talk about being tone deaf about the trouble they’ve caused.
The “woke” school boards who’ve been highly complicit in the act of indoctrinating young kids about gender ideology have doubled down with their own hysterical missives warning about Wednesday’s peaceful 1 Million March 4 Children.
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) director Colleen Russell-Rawlins – together with her woke cabal of four (!) overpaid associate directors – ssued a statement to parents Tuesday labeling the demonstrators as those (from past history) who have fostered “inflammatory, transphobic and hateful behaviours” against the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
She indicated that ahead of the demonstrations (an inflammatory term itself) she wanted to make it “unequivocally clear” that the school board under her watch stands with their trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary students, staff and families.
“We support everyone’s human rights and expression of gender,” she wrote.
“Harassment, discrimination and hate have no place in TDSB… in our schools we do not tell students who they should be but welcome them as they are,” she added, citing the provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code that protect everyone from discrimination and harassment.
It seems she doesn’t extend the same magnanimity to parents and their right to deal with their childrens’ gender dysphoria and to expect schools to teach the basics (not gender ideology), considering this is what Wednesday’s march is all about.
Here’s the kicker in her hysterical statement, however.
She claims that the news of the planned demonstrations is “upsetting” – so upsetting that staff and families “may require additional support.”
“TDSB’s social work department is ready to support where needed,” Russell-Rawlins and her cabal say.
She invites students and their families to reach out to their school principal or another staff member to speak about the demonstrations and/or “the impact of transphobia and homophobia” more broadly.
She says staff should speak with the board’s Employee and Family Assistance program – I’m presuming if they are troubled.
The icing on the cake comes at the end where she says that the TDSB will be raising the Pride flag at the Yonge St. Education Centre and administrative sites for the rest of the week.
Yes, that will show those “hateful” demonstrators!
So as the unionists made clear in their missives, it is hateful to have a different opinion.
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I read this absolute pap considering this is the same board that, according to administrators and teachers who recently spoke with me, operates under a “culture of terror” (in other words, hate) with Russell-Rawlins and her activist cabal at the helm.
Teachers also told me that in some schools curriculum has taken a back seat to perpetual DEI training and a myriad of cultural activities showcasing various diversity groups.
The latter, teachers have told me, occur almost daily in some schools and repeatedly take away from precious curriculum time.
A similar missive came out from the Peel District School Board (PDSB) suggesting that their school communities could be impacted (triggered) by the gathering of people and the display of “discriminatory and hateful language.”
It seems the woke boards are no better than the radical left unionists who’ve been in a contest to demonstrate who can be the most disingenuous and hysterical with their “No Space for Hate” campaign.
The most apoplectic has to be Fred Hahn, the openly queer leader of CUPE Ontario, who has made an absolute fool of himself on social media contending, among other things, that “there is so much, anger, misinformation and distrust being used to devide (sic) us.”
He doesn’t say who “us” is but I’d venture to guess it’s not the majority of gay people like myself who sympathize and agree with the parents marching.
I might add that he’s been so beside himself that his missives have been full of spelling errors. But getting back to the boards, like the unions, they too have proven with their hysteria why parents have a valid case.
Education directors like Russell-Rawlins just don’t get it that parents want their children to learn the basics so they can graduate literate in math and writing and ready to take on the world, not be indoctrinated by the pronoun set at the tender age of five.
I strongly agree that boards have no right whatsoever to keep a student’s gender dysphoria issues from their parents. As I’ve said many times before, teachers are not social workers or shrinks, nor do they have a right to decide whether a young student should transition.
They are setting themselves up for lawsuits, in my view.
The bottom line is that Ontario school boards – starting with the TDSB – have enjoyed far too much power and control over students and parents up to now.
This is not about protecting students in the slightest but maintaining that control.
I am thrilled that parents are finally speaking up.
It’s about time.